About 7 miles, 5 hours, along Riverside Drive and Fort Washington Avenue from 110th Street to 190th Street. This was last scheduled for a cold day in February so we'll try it again in warmer weather.
We'll have a look inside Riverside Church and Grants Tomb, see Sakura Park, The Amiable Child Monument and Claremont Park then take the big staircase down to 125th Street to lunch. After lunch we'll walk around Riverbank State Park and continue north on Riverside Drive to 162nd Street and walk west to Fort Washington Avenue, stop at J. Hood Wright Park and Bennett Park, then Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters.
Riverside Church and The Cloisters were both built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. At the church, we'll just take a quick walk around and see the chapels. The Cloisters is a museum of medieval art that is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is constructed out of parts of four French medieval cloisters which Rockefeller purchased and had reconstructed into the museum. Admission to The Cloisters is pay what you wish.
The hike will end at the Cloisters, so everybody can take as much or as little time as they want to view the collection. The A train 190th Street station is at the entrance to Fort Tryon park, we'll pass it on our way in.
We might eat lunch on the Baylander, a decommissioned Navy ship that was used to teach helicopter pilots to land on a ship at sea and is now docked at the West Harlem Piers. The ship has picnic tables on an open deck and a covered deck and a very friendly port captain who will give use a tour. The ship is right near Fairway, if you don't bring lunch you can get it at Fairway and join us on the ship, if you don't want to eat on the ship, you can eat on shore in the park. If the port captain is not at the ship when we arrive, we will eat in the park.
Meet: 10:30 a.m. at the north west corner of 110th street and Broadway. Take the 1 train to 110th Street.
Vide: The Cloisters